Centerville Personal Injury Attorneys


Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates would like to welcome you to our legal blog. The blog is designed to provide helpful information to injury victims about their legal rights and remedies, and to promote family safety so that accidents can be prevented before they happen. While our attorneys and staff have provided information on many topics, we know that you may have specific questions based on your unique situation. We invite you to contact us for your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers so that we can evaluate your case, let you know about your legal rights and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights, and to address your specific concerns and questions.

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Centerville Slip and Fall Injury Attorneys

While there are many types of incidents that can result in personal injury in Centerville, slip and fall accidents are among the most commonly misunderstood. Many people's perception of slip and fall accidents (also called "trip and fall accidents") is derived from television sitcoms that portray such accidents as minor events that result in few major injuries other than to one's ego. Tragically, slip and fall accidents often result in severe and even catastrophic injuries for many people every year in Centerville and throughout Georgia. Slip and fall accidents are the leading cause of accident-related fatalities amongst senior citizens. More than 400,000 people a year suffer injuries in slip and fall accidents serious enough to require hospitalization and 17,000 more suffer fatal injuries according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Understanding Liability in Centerville Slip and Fall Claims

An accident victim who suffers a slip and fall in Centerville may have the right to assert a claim against a commercial property owner, residential property owner or even a public entity. Slip and fall cases typically turn on the particular facts of the case and require careful investigation to identify the nature of the hazardous condition, how long it was present on the premises, whether the property owner was aware of the hazard and other key factors that may affect a Centerville slip and fall claim.

Slip and fall accidents are governed by an area of law called "premises liability." Premises liability is the area of law that deals with the obligations of a property owner or the occupier of land to make their premises safe or warn visitors on the property of potential hazards. Injuries caused by dangerous conditions on the premises or property of another are one of the most common types of injuries suffered by accident victims. Some of the types of premises liability claims that our Centerville premises liability attorneys routinely handle include but are not limited to the following:

• Swimming pool drowning accidents

• Injuries caused by negligent security guards

• Amusement park accidents

• Faulty store displays or products that are stacked improperly

• Dog bites

• Fires and explosions

• Collapsing roofs

• Accidents on construction sites

• Gas explosions

• Injuries caused by lead paint poisoning

• Negligent security resulting in a violent crime

Effective pursuit of slip and fall accidents and other types of premises liability claims entails extensive investigation of the underlying facts and careful analysis of the often challenging issues of proving fault and the appropriate measure of damages. At Montlick and Associates, we know that slip and fall cases, as well as many other types of premises liability cases in Centerville, typically turn on very subtle distinctions in the facts and how those facts are presented. Our experienced Centerville slip and fall lawyers carefully analyze all of the facts in our client's case to develop the strongest litigation strategy and to prepare the most convincing presentation of our client's case.

Legal Theories That Govern Centerville Slip and Fall (Premises Liability) Cases

The applicable law in Georgia premises liability law depends significantly on a classification system that applies to both property owners and those that come on their premises. Because this classification system plays a substantial factor in determining the scope of a property owner's duty of care, we have explained this classification system below:

Invitee: An invitee traditionally is owed the highest duty of care by a property owner. Someone who is upon the property of another is typically classified as an invitee if the person is present for some purpose that is to the mutual benefit of both the property owner and the person who comes on the property. An invitee has either express or implied consent to be on the property. If an invitee is on the premises, a property owner has an obligation to take reasonable care to make the premises safe. Common examples might include:

• Shoppers at a grocery store

• Those conducting business at the county courthouse or city hall

• Diners in a restaurant

• Handyman in your home to do a repair

• Members of a civic organization attending a function at the organization's lodge

Licensee: Licensees are generally on the property for their own purposes rather than for the benefit of both parties. Common examples would include those that are on the premises for social visits or a salesman. A property owner or occupier was required to warn a licensee of any dangerous conditions on the property that would not be patently obvious to those that came on the property. Generally, there is no requirement to make the condition safe unless it was part of an active operation on the property.

Trespassers: Someone who comes on another's property without permission is owed the lowest duty of care. There are exceptions where trespassers are entitled to a more extensive duty, such as children who are injured by an "attractive nuisance" like a swimming pool. This theory is based on the idea that children may not have the maturity and experience to fully appreciate the danger posed by certain types of conditions on a property or that are likely to appeal to them or to make them curious. It is foreseeable that this type of hazard might injure a child. If a premises owner or occupier also knows that trespassers frequently come upon his or her property, this also can make potential injury foreseeable and create a duty toward a trespasser.

Someone who owns a restaurant or grocery store has not only the obligation to warn and make safe conditions that will foreseeably cause injury to patrons, but also to conduct reasonable inspections to identify foreseeable hazards, such as spilled liquids, products that are stacked unsafely and other reasonably foreseeable hazards that could cause injury to someone on the property.

Intensive Investigation of Centerville Slip and Fall Accidents

The reason premises liability lawsuits, including slip and fall cases, are challenging to litigate is that they turn on the specific facts of the underlying case. This means that our Centerville premises liability lawyers conduct effective investigations and inspections in our clients' cases to establish that it was predictable that our client would be injured. Some of the critical evidence that we typically use in establishing fault in a slip and fall case includes the following:

• Employee observations

• Adequacy of lighting

• Evidence of prior accident reports related to the dangerous condition

• Footage from security cameras both inside and outside the facility

• Prior accident reports or emergency response calls to the premises

• The duration between the time the condition was created and the injury occurred

• Any attempts to construct barriers or restrict access to where the dangerous condition was located

• Reports from public entities involving safety inspections

Although this is all only a small sampling of the type of evidence that we routinely use in a premises liability case, including a slip and fall, these examples demonstrate the critical role that thorough investigation and persuasive use of the facts play in successful slip and fall accident claims. If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Centerville premises liability lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families.

Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Centerville slip and fall attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.

Centerville Personal Injury Attorneys

Reckless driving, medical malpractice and other forms of negligent conduct can cause severe injuries to victims and extreme hardships for their families. When this happens, a Centerville personal injury victim may have legal recourse to seek personal injury compensation from the individual, business, or government entity that caused the damage.

The personal injury claim may seek damages for pecuniary losses, such as lost wages, vehicle repairs, medical costs, and burial/funeral expenses. The law also allows compensation for emotional injuries, such as mental anguish, pain and suffering, impairment of companionship in one's marital relationship and in one's overall quality of life. There are also instances when the law provides compensation to a personal injury victim while punishing the defendant for the latter's extremely reckless conduct. These type of damages, which are referred to as punitive damages, are appropriate when the a negligent party's conduct is so wanton and reckless that it demonstrates a complete disregard of the safety of others. These type of damages might be awarded against defendants in drunk driving cases or those involving perpetrators of intentional physical or sexual attacks.

Personal injury cases in Centerville most typically involve acts of negligence. Negligent conduct may include wrongful conduct that is based on a violation of law or safety rules as well as other unreasonably dangerous conduct that could have been prevented if the defendant exercised reasonable prudence and caution. Among the most common personal injury claims are those that involve car and truck accidents, motorcycle injuries, pedestrian mishaps, workplace injuries, medical malpractice, and slip and falls accidents. These legal claims are handled by our experienced Centerville personal injury attorneys who have successfully represented clients in the following types of cases:

Centerville Auto Accident Insurance Claims: Persons who are unfortunate enough to be involved in road traffic accidents may be entitled to file a personal injury claim for monetary compensation. The claim for compensation typically will be defended, negotiated, litigated and eventually paid by the insurance company of the driver or other party that caused the auto accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a person is involved in a vehicular accident every ten seconds. Our car accident attorneys in Centerville are experienced in handling a broad range of motor vehicle collision claims. Our lawyers routinely handle claims involving collisions of passenger cars, motorcycle crashes, pedestrian accidents, tractor-trailer collisions, and other road-related mishaps. We know the importance of obtaining the financial relief Centerville car accident victims require so we passionately pursue the best possible outcome for our clients.

Centerville Dog Attack Compensation (Dog Bite Legal Claims): The work of our attorneys is not limited to vehicular accidents. Personal injury claims may also be based on animal attacks. Although dogs are considered man's best friend, they may behave unpredictably and attack unsuspecting victims. Incidents involving dog bites are no longer confined to homes and backyards since it is increasingly common site to see dogs in public areas. Often, the victims are infants: statistics show that 10 percent of these attacks occur when the babies are asleep. There is in excess of sixty million dogs in the U.S. If a dog attacks you or any of your family members suffer a dog bite, we encourage you to contact our Centerville personal injury attorneys.

Centerville Claims for Wrongful Death: When unexpected deaths occur, loved ones suffer from intense emotional pain. This pain is worse if the cause of the untimely death is due to wrongful conduct, such as a speeding or drunk driver. When wrongful death occurs, the victim's surviving family members, including parents, children or a spouse, may sue the person who caused the accident due to the loss of financial support and other direct losses suffered by immediate relatives. The estate of the fatal accident victim also may seek damages for economic losses like medical expenses and lost wages. Our Centerville wrongful death lawyers at Montlick and Associates provide diligent representation to families of wrongful death victims so that we can ease the financial burdens and provide financial security for a family's future after losing a loved one.

Centerville Workers' Compensation Claims: Workers' compensation coverage is mandatory and required by law for virtually all employers in Georgia. Workers who are injured in an accident while engaged in their job duties are entitled to full medical benefits and temporary total disability. Temporary total disability normally is based on a percentage of an employee's wages. If you suffer some degree of permanent disability, you may also be awarded compensation based on your percentage of permanent disability. Workers' compensation claims also are awarded when an illness develops due to occupational exposure to a toxic substance. Whatever work-related injury or illness you have suffered, our experienced Centerville workers' compensation lawyers can guide you through the potential pitfalls that can derail your workers' compensation claim. Because many varieties of personal injury damages are not available through the workers' compensation system, our experienced Centerville workers' compensation attorneys also examine the basis for filing a personal injury action depending on the specifics of your situation.

Centerville Slip and Fall Cases & Premises Liability: Personal injury cases covered by premises liability law include a broad range of incidents caused by hazardous conditions on real property, such as uneven pavement, open excavations, insufficient lighting, wet floors, and falling objects. Slip and fall accidents are the most common form of this type of personal injury case. The owners or possessors of land or premises are often held responsible for injuries suffered by persons present on the premises. The exact nature of a property owner's legal duty to prevent injury to visitors depends on a number of factors, but owners of companies that conduct business with the public have the highest duty to those who come on their property. Our Centerville premises liability law firm represents clients in many types of premises liability cases, such as falls from broken stairways, falls on poorly maintained tile floors, violent assaults because of lack of security measures and many other injuries that occur on the premises of others.

Centerville Defective Product Lawsuits: Defective products may cause serious injury to those who buy unsafe or poorly constructed products. It is the responsibility of manufacturers and sellers to make sure that the products that they offer are generally safe for their intended use. A consumer injured by a product that is based on an unsafe design or substandard workmanship that results in a defect may have the right to pursue a product defect claim against any entity involved in designing or manufacturing the product. If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury as a result of a dangerous or defective product, the product liability attorneys at Montlick and Associates may be able to represent you.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Centerville personal injury lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Centerville personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.


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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.